VCS and this semester’s Art in the First Person lecture series


Today’s post presents a calendar of the remaining VCS-sponsored events in the Fall 2014 Art in the First Person lecture series at SVA. This semester, the Visual & Critical Studies program will present a total of five lectures and panel discussions as part of the series (including last Monday’s talk on Isamu Noguchi). Here’s a description of the events still to come; all will be free and open to the public:

Monday, September 22, 2014, 6:30pm
Pablo León de la Barra in Conversation with Carla Stellweg
133 West 21st Street, Room 101C

Last June, 2014 after an intense traveling schedule visiting over 16 countries in Latin America, Pablo León de la Barra inaugurated UNDER THE SAME SUN: ART FROM LATIN AMERICA TODAY, an exhibition of over 50 works that closes on October 1, 2014 at the Guggenheim Museum, New York.

This conversation will cover the making of the exhibition as well as Mr. León de la Barra’s idiosyncratic and peripatetic career that paved the way to the Guggenheim Museum’s initiative to include the art from Latin America in their permanent collection. Among the topics under consideration is Mr. León de la Barra’s unique combination of his architectural background with art making, and how this opens up surprising new exhibition models in spaces that are beyond convention.

Monday, October 13, 2014, 6:30pm
Galia Solomonoff
133 West 21st Street, Room 101C

A talk by Galia Solomonoff, founder and creative director of the Solomonoff Architecture Studio. (Further details TBA)

Monday, November 17, 2014, 6:30pm
No Fixed Address: Art as an Advocacy Tool for the Homeless
133 West 21st Street, Room 101C

Susan Craine, Director, Community and Corporate Programs, New York Cares
Moon, aka Alex Lowery, joined Theatre of the Oppressed as homeless actor 4 years ago
Katy Rubin, Founding Director, Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
Heidi Schmidt, Public Affairs Manager, Office of External Affairs, New York City Department of Homeless Services
Representative of Picture the Homeless

Moderator: William McAllister, Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Mellon Interdisciplinary Fellows Program/INCITE, Columbia University

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 7:00pm
“Zombie Formalism” and Other Recent Speculations in Abstraction
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street

Panelists: Ryan Steadman; Walter Robinson; Stefan Simchowitz
Moderator: Amy Wilson

Abstraction has gone through numerous styles and changes since Kandinsky first practiced it over a century ago. Today, abstract art is hotter than it has been in years, capturing not only the attention of young artists but of the marketplace as well. In this panel, we will discuss the newest iterations of non-objective art and the trends that have emerged in that field. Why is there a resurgence of interest in abstraction, and why are collectors so captivated by it?

I will post more details here about each of these events as it approaches.

In addition to the VCS-sponsored talks listed above, this semester’s lecture series will include 22 other lectures and panels sponsored by the MFA Art Practice, MPS Digital Photography, BFA Fine Arts, MFA Fine Arts, and BFA Photography Departments. To keep up on of all of the entries in the Fall 2014 Art in the First Person lecture series, visit this page on the SVA website.

Visual & Critical Studies